Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 VarietalSierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Yakima #291 Hops

Added by lordofstarside on 02-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 633
Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with a three finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks and sheets of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Dank floral hop aroma with some earthy pine resins, grass and spruce tip countered citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt. Very inviting and complex with earthy, sweet citrus and pale malt notes bouncing off of each other. Lots of melon and tropical fruit along with some juicy berries. Fresh cut grass and straw along with pineapple, mango dark berries, melon and stone fruit. Pale malt presence with bread and biscuit. The melon and dank hop really notes stand out. Nice.

Medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hops that linger over sweeter fruit notes and a pale malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Dry and bitter up front with piney hops, grass and resinous oils along with straw and spruce tip. These earthier notes are countered by strong tropical fruit sweetness with hints of citrus peel, dark berries, orange peel and juicy melon. I'm picking up honeydew and berry along with ruby red grapefruit, orange peel and mango. Faint malt backbone but just enough for balance with bread, biscuit and subtle caramel. Well rounded and excellently balance. Very easy to drink but packs a lot of flavor. ABV isn't too high but it's nicely masked with no heat whatsoever. Another solid entry in this series from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't understand why this isn't tasted higher. I love this beer. I love this hop. Super bitter bite up front, piney as its going down, and sweet citrus aftertaste. Best of all worlds, this might be the perfect hop.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken March 2014.

24oz brown bomber bottle that's just massive shaped in traditional SN style. Not the best label from them and not as good as the former harvest ales of a few years ago, but it's not awful. Clearly stats brewed with Yamika 291 varietal hops.

A - yellow golden with a slight hint of orange haze. Slightly off white head pours nice leaving a fantastic sticky ring of lace.

S - fruity aroma with hints of apricot and a big whiff of blueberry. Cracker like malt balances the hops with notes of fresh straw, hop spice, and floral hop notes in the back end.

T - more black pepper spice than the aroma but still shows the same fruitiness with berry like notes. Breaded cracker malt balances a terrific end shot of fresh blueberry notes. Some real freshness to this flavor with a green like character.

M - medium bodied and not quite as thick in texture as your usual SN ipa. Very drinkable and the blueberry makes for a nice flavor with the 291's doing a good job. A very balanced and easy going ipa. Fresh green hop flavors with a malt balance. Smooth mouthfeel.

O - one of the better SN releases with these new Harvest ipa's. Pretty simple but still outstanding and easy going enough anyone could enjoy. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -21.9%

03/23/14 From bottle. I've been looking forward to these single hop brews. As someone that avoids overly hoppy beers, I'm interested in finding out which ones I like, what methods I like (wet or dry hopping), etc.

This is clearly labeled as a "100 day IPA". That's cool. But I had to get out the monocle & move into the sunlight to see if there was a date on it. 02/04/14 I think.

Must be correct as this definitely has freshness all over it. Pours kind of foamy. Settles into a seriously thick head & keeps up the effervescence as the flavor settles into a medium hoppy taste. Slight citrus. This is as high up the hop scale I get with comfort.

Didn't get the distinction of taste I was hoping for to characterize the yet to be named new breed Yakima #291 hop. Glad I tried it but I'm still looking.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

34oz bottle at 41 F poured into a large mug. Bottle code is 020414C217 : 55.

Pours slightly cloudy golden with a big white head which fades slowly into big, fluffy clumps of pillows. Lots of carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is piney and fresh, slightly floral and citrus.

Taste is lemony and piney (and therefore very clean tasting). Lots of thick bitterness. Mild honeysuckle sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly dry. Overall, very good.

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Photo of EGreen
2.54/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm suffering seasonal allergies, but I'm getting NOTHING in the head....maybe light grassy but very faint. Nice caramel start with a decent hops-pine finish. A little more in the flavor than the aroma, but still quite underwhelming. The beer just kinda exists...

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The bottle is opened, and we pour a brew of golden sunshine into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The head is snowy white and glistening, despite a lack of overt carbonation. A chill haze cuts clarity, but otherwise no sediment is found. The aroma is hoppy and fruity, with apricot and strawberry, herbal and citric hoppiness, white rice and raw macaroni, cereal, caramel, and pale malts, metallics, and chemical lemon cleaner. The hops are sweet through the taste, bouncing nicely off the sweeter, and somewhat toasty, pale and caramel malt base. The aftertaste shows a bittering side of the hops, with soaps and chemicals abound. Other flavors are mixed in and only lightly contributory, with flashes of white sugar, lemon seed, red apple sweetness, and Graham crackers, mineral water, packing peanuts, sunscreen, and dried mango fruitiness. The feel is light in body and lacks creaminess, bordering on a bit watery. The mouth feels wet, tingly, and pressed with granular white sugar. Drinkability is fair, but not as smooth as some.

Overall, while releasing a single-hop series is an excitingly mouthwatering idea, we thought this one fell short. For one, the hops are not as bold as we would like. Yes, they meet the malts to balance just fine, but they are overly bittered, and lost in the wateriness of flavor, giving the impression of dullness and haphazardness. This kind of hoppy bitterness better suits a sweeter base, with thoughts of Victory’s Yakima Glory coming to mind. Secondly, we felt this one lacked character, and found the flavor profile, especially when it came to the malts, to be a bit “mass produced” and impersonal. This sits lower than its Northern and Southern Hemisphere kin in our book, but we’ve yet to try the other two in the “Harvest” series, and will remain eager to do so.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: floral and citrus tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, floral hops, some earthy tones, orange, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: a very easy to quaff beer. Simple yet satisfying. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Gorgeous. Glowing gold with an astonishingly large, rocky, white head. Decent bit of carbonation and fantastic lacing. Probably one of the best beers I've ever seen.

S: Sadly my nose is stuffy and I can barely smell a thing. I will rate the smell as not to affect the overall average.

T: The hop bitterness, pine, and (surprisingly) booze hit you up front and linger for a good while. Underneath the slight singe there is a hint of sweet biscuit malt. Somewhere in the middle there's citrus hidden. Maybe orange? Everything is kind of vague about this one.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Not too much carbonation. Easy to drink and leaves a slickness about the mouth.

O: Not bad. Not my favorite. West Coast IPA's aren't very complex but are still pretty good. Really just tried it based on how rarely it comes out and it's by a superb brewery. It was decently bitter as an IPA should be and drank like one should. But to be fair, this is one of the better looking beers I've seen. Check it out while it's still around!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA- 291 Varietal has a medium, slightly off-white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold, bubbly appearance, with powdery, tan sediment suspended throughout, and a single, lacy residue left on the glass. Aroma is of sweet, white bread and a touch of mild hop oil and citrus. Taste is of the same things, and the bitterness is subdued and mellow. There is a black pepper aspect, as others have mentioned. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA- 291 Varietal finishes somewhat crisp and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an outstanding effort.


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Photo of MNishCT77
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW DC, bottles on 02/04/2014, poured into my Surly British style pint glass and drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - golden-brown coloration, high clarity (can both see and read through), initial one finger soapy white carbonation settles into fine glass lacing with islands, tight white bubbles mixed with some off-white colored debris that settles at the bottom of the glass (finings vs. yeast), moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - as advertised, citrus, red berry, blueberry and black pepper; some toasted malts (likely Vienna or Munich), mild alcohol notes - the hops are pleasant but not omnipresent

T: 15/20 - mild hop bitterness on the front of the tongue that gives way to a gentle berry and peppery profile; again, some toasted malts for balance; finishes dry and inviting with little to no residual sweetness

M: 4/5 - moderate body, some alcohol fullness with lesser hop oils, appropriate carbonation for style

O: 8/10 - solid IPA that profiles a new hop varietal - Yakima #291; this hop reminds me of a more muted version of Mosaic, so, unfortunately, I don't really see it taking off unless there is a Mosaic shortage, which could very well happen given it's popularity; however, it might go nicely in a blended IPA in a supporting role

TOTAL - 37/50

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, grassy, herbal, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice teal like herbal notes. More like a pale ale than an IPA. Could only imagine how much of this varietal is in the brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, chewy, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and a little tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice stuff. Not sure as bout the varietal, but could go well with a mixture of hops.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. 3/16

Pours light gold with thick white foam that laces everywhere. Patchy. Bright outdoorsy nose. Floral. Soft malt, oily bitter hop that pops through, blends with citrus. Smooth and subtle bitter. Tastes fresh and bold. Solid IPA.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh beer, gently handled is an amazing thing.

This pours a crisp straw gold with thin cap of white foam.

Delicately hopped with a … blueberry note? In contract to the citrus and pine character I expected I get a wonderful berry burst which carries over as I sip. It’s delicately hopped, and lightly bitter, with a great drying finish. This was fantastic.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 3.13.14

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fluffy, off-white head with good retention.

S - Skunky - dank, pine, floral.

T - LIght, pine, dank.

D - Light-watery body with good carbonation.

O - Light and crisp, a bit thin and watery, dank.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, clinging white head.

S: Gentle, refined aromas of grass, fresh melon, ripe berries, and spring flowers express themselves on the nose.

T: Strong, pungent notes of grass, herbs, white onion, radish, lemon rind, and black pepper fill the mouth on the entry, but by mid-palate, subtler, sweeter notes of ripe blueberry, mulberry, wildflower honey, canary melon, honeydew melon, biscuits, and crackers emerge. The finish is pleasantly bitter with lingering notes of pepper, blueberry, biscuit, cracker, and honeydew.

M: On the lighter side of medium and initially somewhat dry, this ale only develops a hint of resinous texture between mid-palate and the fade. Carbonation is firm and prickly. Very easy to drink for the style.

O: An interesting single hop IPA and really solidly crafted too. I have almost gotten to the point where I can just assume that anything Sierra Nevada releases will be good. Pick this one up if you are interested in unique, little-known American hop varietals.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 8pz
IME snifter

A: Clear piss yellow. Bright white head. Frothy lacing. Sticks to glass.

S: Definitely a strange nose. Melon like almost.

T: Light bitterness on tip of the tongue. Grainy. Cereal like. Hops definitely giving off some berry notes. Dry finish. Light bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in shaker pint.

A: beautiful head, creamy; great carb action and lacing
S: very little aroma; what little there is comes off as eurolager
T: bitter finish, experimental; blueberry? huh? all hops, malt swallowed up in sweet bitterness
M: thin to medium body, but great carbonation

A nice beer overall, but nothing I'll return to.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not many wet hop beers this year so I am glad I found this for $5.95 at my local House of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.

A - Mildly hazy bright amber yellow with a bouquet of head well over a full inch. Makes for perfect lacing.
S - Fresh citrus rind, biscuit malt, some bread mostly mild but it's really not the sent I love it's the taste.
T - Much more piney hops than I expected. Clings to the palate hard. Almost soapy I have not experienced such an intensity since "Green Flash West Coast IPA" Yakima hops I don't enjoy apparently but in this beer it's pretty balanced with the malts. Still very biting like mouthing a fresh grapefruit. A hop lovers dream.
M - It's on par with the style light to medium but I can't seem to do more than sip.

Overall it's a well crafted beer Yakima done perfect but it's not my cup of tea. For the record I love everything this brewery does so keep it craft!

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Photo of JerUrbans
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty light orange, with a nice fluffy white head, with good lacing.

Smell is a bready and subtle.

Taste is way bigger than the smell. Lots of flavors, malty and biscuits at first then a nice burst of citrus and pine, with a bitterly smooth finish.

Mouth-feel is dry and with a lovely bitterness. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, very nice beer, excellent flavor. I just love fresh IPAs, and this is another very good one.

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Photo of Omnium
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Clear gold with two fingers of big thick foamy white head, Good amount of lacing.
S - Floral, lots of grapefruit, pine, aroma as a whole is a bit muted.
T - Absurdly bitter, abundance of grapefruit rind, floral notes, a little citrus juice.
M - Too bitter, does no good to your palate.
O - For the first one in this series its a bitter (pun) disappointment. Would not have again. Too single note of a beer.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark yellow with a white head that likes to lace.

S- Sweet, spicy, and a hint of tropical notes.

T- Spicy upfront followed by grass and a piney finish. There as some subtle tropical flavors along with some grape that lingers in the finish. The bitterness is on the mild end of the IPA spectrum.

M- Medium bodied moderately ccarbonated.

O- Overall a decent beer. Nothing outstanding, but there are some nice and interesting flavors.

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Photo of Growlerguzzler
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a nice IPA glass. Nice color and sticky lacing.

Aroma was hard to pick up at first, I let it get a bit too cold.

Typical Sierra Nevada bitterness (not necessarily a bad thing) peppery, one dimensional and reminded me, as oddly as this sounds, like my memory of what beer tasted like when I would sneak a sip from my dads Budweiser. It was really hard to get a good profile for the taste of this beer.

Once this beer warmed up, it opened up quite a bit. More fruit in the aroma and taste- maybe cherry?

Overall, I liked it but found it hard to 'get' . I think I'll give it a second go, maybe letting it warm up more before trying it to see how it hits me. For under $5 for the bomber, it's worth another taste.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Noting that this bottle is some 70 days old, of a 100-day "freshness" label.

Pours a fairly clean golden, with prodigious head of off-white carbonation. Exquisite, ornate, and thick lacing.

Aroma is floral hops and maybe a touch of sharp grain malts. Nice.

Taste is sharply floral, with a grapefruit hops finish. A bit dry and bitter, but tempered well with plenty of complementary malts.

Well-done, as you'd expect from the dependable and proven Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color with a rich, white head that retains forever and leaves piles of sticky white lacing on the glass. Small amounts of visible carbonation in the glass.

S - Aroma was pretty muted. Mostly a dank hop aroma.

T - Follows the nose, but the flavors are significantly more pronounced. Juicy, dank, earthy hops. Little bit of pine. Little bit of spice. Label indicates blueberries, but I didn't detect that. Very nice.

M - Typically I like a nice full-bodied IPA, but this one goes too far for me. The stickiness here is off the charts, and while I like the appearance on the glass, the beer is filling me up and making it difficult to finish.

O - Great flavors, I would like to see this hop used in future beers for sure. I'm not sure if the hop itself is responsible for the overbearing stickiness, but I really did like the flavor.

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